Sunday, October 21, 2012

September 29th, 1782

Despite my assertion of patience in my last entry I found that I could not wait any longer to put my plans into action. Menars has not yet located the doctor who was with R-, but I could at least send for F-s creditors. Using the influence of having bought his debts, in thanks to the purchase of Lespinasse by Lafayette, I insisted that the merchants then call in the debts of the Marquis de Franconville-aux-Bois. Simultaneously those from whom he was used to purchase goods were to close their doors to him, for which they were handsomely paid.

I also slipped a word into the ear of our friends with whom he was want to gamble, and as expected I very shortly heard that he was not received by all. Furthermore, his debts soon led to him requesting aid from his relative, the Duc de Lauragais, which as was hoped, was denied. The Chevalier Fanton has made it known that if the debt of honor is not paid then the gauntlet will be thrown down, and it is to be believed that his will not be the only challenge. F- is either fled to his estate outside of Paris, or gone to ground in the city to avoid the calls for his money or blood.

At last I may retire to observe the effect of all my plans. I smile to think on it.

Olympe, Comtesse